Uglow Family HistoryUglows in the Isle of Man
Snaefell Lead Mine, Isle of Man
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Family 1: Thomas Pickard and Margaret Kelly
He travels first to the Cleveland iron mines in Yorkshire and then later to the Isle of Man, working as a lead miner. He marries Margaret Kelly born 1837 in Rushen. The wedding is in the Isle of Man in 1876. In 1881, he [but spelt Ueglow] is living with Margaret and daughter at the Level, an inn, in Rushen, just a couple of doors from his brother, John. Father in law, John Kelly, is also living there. By 1891, they are living with Robert Creer Cretney(?) in Castletown. He is a bank agent - Margaret is the housekeeper, Thomas the caretaker and Lavinia is a dressmaker.
Perhaps Thomas felt mining was a yong man's game but by 1897 he had been forced (?) to go back down the pit. He was close to death in the
Snaefell Lead Mine disaster in May 1897 - he is on the shift but delays with John Quayle to get some dynamite. The others got ahead of them and Quayle raises the alarm to say the mine was on fire (Isle of Man Examiner 15th May 1897: list
of the dead.) In the report on the inquest on the 26th May 1897, the Daily News reported that Thomas Uglow testified and said that he had met men returning who had said that the mine was on fire. He noticed a thick blue smoke but it did not smell as from burning wood. Her thought that it was a gas that came from the earth and that he had seen a similar gas when working in the Cleveland Iron mines in Yorkshire. He had never had cause to complain of the ventilation.
Family 2: John and Isabella Taggart
He travels to the Isle of Man, working as a lead miner. He marries Isabella Taggart in Arbory, the Isle of Man in 1871. In the 1881, the census tells us that she was born in 1847 in Santon, Isle of Man and she is a lead miner's wife, living in Lergogh, Rushen. There is no sign of John in the 1881 census - presumably travelling. He returns as son Thomas is born in 1883 - the family emigrate to the USA on the 'City of Richmond' leaving Liverpool for New York, arriving there on 10th November 1883. More speculatively, there is a record of Isabella Uglowin the Colorado census in 1885 and perhaps that's where the family end up. Also we have an IGI record of Isabella Uglow (albeit suggesting born in 1837 in Devonport) dying in 1885.